A Place Away From Home: Where did you stay? Why did You Stay There? How Long Did You Stay? What Did You Do?


IELTS Speaking Test Part 2

Here is an example of a Part 2 cue card question from an IELTS interview in the UK this month. It asks about a place you stayed away from home.

You could talk about a place, for example, you stayed temporarily or while you were a student at university or maybe holiday accommodation.

Remember that you will have one minute to plan your answer and make some notes to help organize your ideas.

Keep your notes simple: where? when? why? what it was like? just to help you remmber what information to include in your answer.

Describe a place away from home where you stayed.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • when (and / or how long) you stayed there
  • what you did there
and explain how you felt when you left it.





IELTS Cue Card Speaking Answer | Describe a place away from home

Okay, I’d like to tell you about an apartment I stayed in with a friend while we were on vacation. The apartment was located on the fourth floor of a building on the seafront in Acapulco. My friend made all the arrangements to rent it for a week.

I think she found it on the internet and contacted the owner to discuss all the details and reserve it for the week we wanted to stay there.

We visited Acapulco in the summer, so it was quite hot at the time. We stayed in the apartment for seven days before moving onto Cancun.

The apartment was lovely; it had nice white walls and some really interesting pictures hanging in the main living room. The bathroom was well equipped with a really powerful shower, which was very refreshing, and the bed was extremely comfy.

The apartment came supplied with linens and towels and everything we needed and there was even a lady who came to clean it halfway through our stay there. The owner had organized her to come and clean the kitchen, bathroom and change the sheets on the beds and things like that.

It was a nice surprise for us.

The apartment had a great view of the beach and the ocean and we used to sit out on the balcony some evenings and watch the sun go down before heading out to get something to eat or visit some places.

It really was a very nice place to stay.

I have to admit, I was quite sad when we eventually had to pack our things and leave, it had been a wonderful vacation and such a nice apartment, much better than staying in a hotel.








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